Steve Schapiro was born and raised in San Bernardino, California commonly referred to as "Berdoo." While growing up in the North End almost all of his friends rode motorcycles, so his parents were unhappy, but not surprised when he brought his first motorcycle home at the age of 15 in 1963. He bought that bike for $75 and it burned more oil than gas driving it home and since then he has had the thrill of the throttle. Currently Steve owns and rides four motorcycles.
After graduating law school from the University of LaVerne, College of Law in 1978, Steve began practicing as a sole practitioner in Santa Ana, California. He then narrowed his practice to Personal Injury and has handled everything from Slip and Falls, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Deaths, Construction Accidents to Vehicular Accidents.
Steve has been involved in charitable work from the beginning of his practice. He as received a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his voluntary service to the Domestic Violence Assistance Program wherein Steve helped abused and battered women obtain restraining orders in the Orange County Courts. Steve has also sat on many occasions as a judge of pro tempore in the Orange County Courts.
In 1997, a dear friend of Steve's, Rip, started Rip's B.A.D. Ride (Bikers Against Diabetes) with his assistance. They began working with the American Diabetes Association raising money and awareness. Steve was the original Chairman of this event and continued in this capacity until the event went nationwide. He has been promoted and continued to hold the position of National Ambassador to Rip's B.A.D. Ride overseeing and inspiring our efforts across the nation. Through their efforts they have raised millions of dollars on behalf of the American Diabetes Association. Steve would ask all of you to join him in a fight for the cure.
Stan Leventhal graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1971. Immediately after graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy and was sent to Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. After graduation he was Commissioned as an Ensign. He reported for duty aboard the USS New Orleans off the coast of Vietnam. After two WestPac tours he left the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant (j.g.).
Returning to California, he took a job investigating serious injury claims. He learned how to interview witnesses, preserve evidence, analyze skid marks and do time distance and braking calculations. He developed a strong interest in preparing his reports so that others could use the information to defend and prosecute cases. It became a natural progression to enroll in law school.
In 1981 successfully graduated from Western State Law School after three years while working full time. He took and passed the Bar Exam on his first attempt. His first job was at a law firm defending people who had been sued. Within thirty days he had tried and won his first Jury Trial. Two years later he went to work at a major law firm defending people who had been accused of causing serious injury. In 1985 he was named Managing Attorney of the firm handling cases in all of Counties of Southern California.
Seeking a way to help those who been injured by others he decided to leave his comfortable life working for insurance companies and use the skills he had learned from them to represent those truly in need. Since 1992 he has represented plaintiffs exclusively throughout the State of California. From Shasta County to San Diego County and in nearly every County in between he has represented injured motorcyclists against Insurance Companies and their attorneys. He prides himself in handling each case personally and giving every client the type of attention and aggressive representation they deserve. Whether the case can be settled or needs to be tried he puts the interests of his clients first. He has secured major verdicts and settlements in cases where police reports and insurance companies felt his clients' claims were without merit.